Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

I Sunday Genevieve and I went to see the latest presentation of the Metropolitan Opera houses Le Nozze di Figaro (the marriage of Figaro) in their live in HD series. It was wonderful, with all those great areas, duets, right up to sextets, a very great one ens Act one . The opera is based on a play of the same name by French play write Pierre-Augustine de Beaumarchais, who wrote 3 brilliant plays, about the general factotum Figaro ( the first Le Barbier de Seville became an opera – the Barber of Seville by Rossini, and the third was not used as an opera) and satirizes the romantic mores of the day, and scandalized French society just before the French Revolution. The libretto was one of the great efforts of Lorenzo Da Ponte. Together Mozart and Da Ponte took Opera Buffa (or commic Opera) to a whole new level. Both Genevieve and I were so uplifted and exited by the this excellent production, that we could not get to sleep until after 4 am! Here is a short duet from the opera, sung by Rene Flemming and Cecilia Bartoli, with the Met orchestra under the baton of maestro James Levine, taken from the 1998 Met production. Thanks to Gabba02 and YouTube fo this extract:

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